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What’s Your Favorite Flavor of Zombie?

October 26, 2016
Sarah Jane Abbott
Riveted Editorial Board

Believe it or not, there really is a zombie book for everyone.  It’s not all blood and guts in the world of zombie lit—there’s humor, romance, steampunk, and more!  Whatever your favorite genre is, here is a zombie book for you to devour like a zombie devours a delicious brain.

Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume Oneby Daniel Kraus

THE HISTORICAL FICTION ZOMBIE

On May 7, 1896 a swaggering seventeen-year-old gangster named Zebulon Finch is gunned down by the shores of Lake Michigan. But after mere minutes in the void, he is mysteriously resurrected. Zebulon’s new existence begins as a sideshow attraction in a traveling medicine show. From there he will be poked and prodded by a scientist obsessed with mastering the secrets of death. He will fight in the trenches of World War I. He will run from his nightmares—and from poverty—in Depression-era New York City. And he will become the companion of the most beautiful woman in Hollywood.  Love, hate, hope, and horror—Zebulon finds them. But will he ever find redemption?

Warm Bodiesby Isaac Marion

THE ROMANTIC ZOMBIE

R is a zombie but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Boneshakerby Cherie Priest

THE STEAMPUNK ZOMBIE

In the early days of the Civil War, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine for gold through Alaska’s ice. But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. Until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

 

Pride and Prejudice and Zombiesby Seth Grahame-Smith

THE CLASSIC LITERARY ZOMBIE

An expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

Rot & Ruinby Jonathan Maberry

THE POST-APOCALYPTIC ZOMBIE

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

 

 

The Zombie Queen of Newbury Highby Amanda Ashby

THE CUTE AND FUNNY ZOMBIE (yes, you read that right)

Quiet, unpopular, non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. She is dating super hot football god Rob, and he actually likes her and asked her to prom! Enter Samantha–cheerleading goddess and miss popularity–who starts making a move for Rob. With prom in a few days, Mia needs to act fast. So she turns to her best friend, Candice, and decides to do a love spell on Rob. Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus onto her whole class, making herself their leader! At first she is flattered that everyone is treating her like a queen. But then zombie hunter hottie Chase explains they are actually fattening her up, because in a few days, Mia will be the first course in their new diet. She’s sure she and Chase can figure something out, but she suggests that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.

 

Zombies vs. Unicornsby Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier

ZOMBIE SHORT STORIES (Bonus: UNICORNS)

It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths–for good and evil–of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?